In the House
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A sixteen-year-old boy insinuates himself into the house of a fellow student from his literature class and writes about it in essays for his French teacher. Faced with this gifted and unusual pupil, the teacher rediscovers his enthusiasm for his work, but the boy's intrusion will unleash a series of uncontrollable events. (c) Cohen Media

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"In the House is a tour de force about two yarn-spinners -- Claude and Germain -- whose lives devolve into chaos."
‑ Michael Sragow, Orange County Register
"It's fiction about life that becomes fiction that might be life - and the viewer happily dives in."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"This is an impressive film, even though it seems like a kind of psychological-dramatic experiment. It combines fantasy and reality in interesting ways, depicting imaginary events and realistic events with equal conviction."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Narrative issues hold In the House back from being as great as it should be."
‑ Liam Maguren,
"As a black comedy, this never quite catches fire, though there is some mild amusement to be found in its social satire."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"The film treats imagination-and talent-in certain hands as an almost mystical force."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"The expected punch line... never materializes, so I guess this must be a drama after all."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Satirizes the process of aesthetic creation and the damage it can inflict on the artist and those around him."
‑ Jared Eisenstat, Film Comment Magazine
"The convoluted yet familiar narrative games become somewhat tiresome. The movie works best as a straight suspense drama about a frustrated teacher and his devious star pupil..."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"Has the slow-pulsing vertigo of a psychological thriller & the twists of an elaborate melodrama, but to reduce it to these labels is glib. Caustic & funny but never misanthropic. A study of the ways people actually live, rather than how we assume they do."
‑ Lauren Carroll Harris, Concrete Playground
"Ozon and the script move a little too far afield and hold on a bit too long as the film approaches its end. Still, "In the House" has enough trippy truth to it to grab your interest and shake your mind."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Savor In the House for its meta-exploration of adolescence, class resentment and suppressed desire, but don't expect much more."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"In the House is sometimes ingenious, but all the main characters are cold, arrogant, and off-putting."
‑ Gerald Peary, Arts Fuse
"The result is one of those stories about storytelling that have become something of a post-modern specialty of elevated art. Ozon manages a light touch, however, so that Dans La Maison never feels too self-referential."
‑ Jay Stone,
"These characters are messed up and yet there I was, sitting in the back row of the cinema, with a smile on my face."
‑ Matthew Toomey, ABC Radio Brisbane
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